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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Xulon Press (15 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160477178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604771787
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,752,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bookworm on 13 Feb. 2011
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I could not drop this book at all until I finished it in less than 2 days.

This is a true story of survival, faith, love and humanity. The author is more courageous and tough than many. The ordeals, dangers, and near misses that the she endured were probably much more than the average girl could ever imagine. Faith and dedication kept the author going through very hard, rough and dangerous times. The book reflects a genuine display of great love and sense of responsibility to all creatures and mankind. There are real stories of exceptional humane gestures and acts from various caring persons under a tyrant regime. This shows a strong bond of true love and faith.

The book is about the true story of an American girl from south Alabama who joins the University of Baghdad to study Medicine in 1977 when Iraq was ruled by the tyrannical Saddam regime. She lived in Iraq with her Iraqi husband to care for a family, study Medicine and practise it after qualification until 1993 going through 2 wars and a multitude of internal upheavals. Obviously the author spent a lot of time and effort on writing this book. I admire the unbelievable sharp memory that narrates all tiny details. There are some typos in names of persons and places, and minor factual errors but still it is highly accurate and a true reflection of what really happened. A map of Baghdad and another of Iraq would have been useful for the uninitiated reader for orientation.

The last chapter "Hashim's story" is an excellent finale describing her husband's ordeals and gives essential insight. However in my view, it is too abridged and short on its own. This deserves a separate book which should be in Arabic to address the history of that time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful Journey. 5 April 2011
By Faiz Kanan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dear Diane,
I enjoyed your book, It is a wonderful journey and memoir, honest and without fear to tell a story, very smart with your comments and observations about the Iraqi habits and culture , reveals and documents some aspects of how life was during the seventies and eighties in Iraq under the Baath regime.

Clever aspects and observation to our Classmates, mentality and thinking during the Baathist control.

It is wonderful and weird to be part of a story, place, and events .

Diane , I thank you for taking me back 30 years to the good ,bad and ugly of those days, to the chilling feeling and the smell of Baghdad's autumn morning , took me back to every corner of our beloved Medical College.

You have a wonderful supportive ordinary American parents and friends.
You made me laugh and cry, your dad ,The Big AL is my hero, and god knows how many times he sat in your room crying hugging a soft toy.

Your story was true, courageous and honest, Can't wait to see Reese Witherspoon as Diane in a big Hollywood movie. [ Sweet Home Alabama].
I ask every Classmate to read it and enjoy it.
I have to read it again .
Your story tell us why America is Great,

Thank you Diane and God Bless,

Faiz Kanan
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Shumez (Sunshine) In The Storm 20 April 2009
By George W. Baum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Hassan brings to light just what was happeing in Iraq during the time Saddam Hussein was in power. Her strong Christian beliefs are very evident has she takes us through 17 years of her life in Iraq. The reason this book is so great is the fact that Dr. Hassan did not write this book from second hand information about the situation in Iraq. Her husband was in different positions of power within goverment and had some influence. This influence almost cost him is life, as you see when you read this book. In other words, Dr Hassan was not a poor uninformed American just visiting Iraq. She herself became a Medical Doctor and gained a great deal of respect amoung the Iraqie people. It is truly difficult to do justice to this book and to give the true respect that Dr. Hassan deserves for writing this book, in this short review. Please take time to read this wounderful true story. You will find out just how wondeful the Iraqie people really are. You will also gain an apprication for what we are doing over in Iraq even now.
Diane Hassan's ANGELS AMONG US Shows That There Is Good Everywhere 6 Mar. 2012
By Cyrus Webb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When people speak of the Middle East and places like Iraq one normally pictures a place where unrest and anger control the streets and savages make everyday life a terror. For people like Diane Hassan she knows Iraq to be so much more. In her book ANGELS AMONG US... EVEN IN IRAQ she takes us through not only the difficult and dangerous times, but the goodness that she saw in the Iraqi people and that was shown to her as well.

This doesn't mean that everyday was easy, but it does mean that what Diane has experienced from those she has gotten to know in Iraq is far more important than anything else that we might see on the television or read about.

ANGELS AMONG US is a way of holding a spotlight not just on Iraq but our search for good in a world where we might be prone to believe it exists. Through this book and the journey that Dianne and her family were able to go through and endure we are able to see that there is goodness and love everywhere.

A moving literary tribute that is sure to inspire you.
Extremely enjoyable read, a page turner 21 Sept. 2013
By Jean Sasson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've just finished reading ANGELS AMONG US...EVEN IN IRAQ, and I recommend that everyone read it who has the slightest interest in Iraq, and in America's association with the country, both pre and post the Saddam era. It's highly readable and filled with fascinating tidbits about Iraq under Saddam Hussein, and Iraq during two wars (Iranian & Gulf War I). A love story shines through, as well.

Dr. Hassan is a courageous woman who has a flair for writing. The author is very humble and lovable in that she doesn't hesitate to be honest about her own misjudgments when living under the tyrant Saddam.

As someone who has been to Iraq, and knows a bit about the country and the people, I enjoyed every moment of Dr. Hassan's personal journey. Mayada, Daughter of Iraq: One Woman's Survival Under Saddam Hussein
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Story Americans Should Read 11 Mar. 2009
By Truth Pursuer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Dr. Hassan's story reveals life in Iraq from the late 1970s and just beyond Desert Storm. Through her life and that of her husband, she paints a picture of life in Iraq after the rise to power of Saddam Hussein--and it's not a pretty one. Readers are reassured by stories that show us people are the same everywhere. We all want to live in peace and freedom. Hers is the story of an American woman who willingly lived in this country, even in dangerous times, and fell in love with its people.
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